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Here Are The Most Popular Commercial EVs In Europe
. . . According to the priceless EV Sales Blog stats, during the first seven months of this year, some 10,701 electric LCVs were sold in Europe (up 42%). In other words, we could assume that this year some 20,000 will be on the table.
While the Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been the king of the segment for years (2011-2015 and 2017), since its introduction, the new German StreetScooter Work becomes a new shining star – especially in Germany.
The Nissan e-NV200 (top LCV in 2016) currently seems to be constrained by the lack of supply of 40 kWh batteries, shared with the Nissan LEAF.
Results after the seven months of 2018:
Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 3,961 (up 142%)
StreetScooter Work – 2,464 (up 66%)
Nissan e-NV200 – 1,200 (down 40%)
Peugeot Partner Electric – 1,012
Citroen Berlingo Electric – 578
Winnebago Reveals Electric Healthcare RV: Range Over 100 Miles
. . . Samsung’s NeuroLogica, Winnebago Industries and Motiv Power Systems jointly developed an all-electric Mobile Healthcare Vehicle – Mobile Lung Unit (eMLU), available on display in San Francisco, at both CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero Workshop on September 11th and the Global Climate Action Summit September 12-14.
The eMLU is based on the Ford F-53 and can go 85-125 miles (136-200 km) on a single charge, which sounds like it’s more than enough to move from one site to another. On-board equipment includes the world’s first portable, full-body, 32-slice CT scanner.
According to the press release, the eMLU will bring $150,000–$200,000 in combined diesel fuel and maintenance savings over the long-term.
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Royal Mail Readies Electric Vans For Deliveries: Hundreds On Road Soon
. . . The battery-powered red vans have been developed by Banbury-based Arrival Electric Vehicles and have been rolled out in London ahead of a full introduction nationwide. Nine of the vehicles, operating at weights of up to 7.5 tonnes, will be running in the capital, distributing post from Royal Mail’s central London depot.
The Arrival vehicles won’t be the only electric vans in Royal Mail’s fleet. 100 more Peugeot electric vans have also been ordered by Royal Mail, and will be put into service at 18 depots in Belfast, Edinburgh, Essex and Kent. Other areas will get the vans later on as fleet replacement schemes dictate, taking the place of vehicles in Royal Mail’s 49,000-strong fleet at the end of their working life.
“We will be putting them through their paces over the next several months to see how they cope with the mail collection demands from our larger sites,” said Paul Gatti, Royal Mail Fleet’s managing director, adding that the company was “delighted” with the new collaboration with Arrival.
“Our research has shown that electric vans are a good operational fit with our business,” added Paul Gatti. “It also means we are on the front foot for future changes in emissions legislation. . . .”
Royal Mail’s introduction of electric vans follows a trial for similar vehicles by UPS in London.
UPS also worked with Arrival on its fleet, with the partnership dating all the way back to 2016. Both parties have co-developed a number of prototypes with 35 state-of-the-art vehicles taking to the streets of London and Paris this year in an initial scheme to see how they work in a delivery environment.
The vans, which their manufacturer calls ‘lightweight composite vehicles’, will have a range of more than 150 miles, making them better than any other existing comparable options for a company such as UPS. Arrival says it is ‘the first commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe to provide purpose-built electric delivery vehicles to UPS’s specifications’.
“European postal providers, starting with DHL in Germany, have been taking this approach for a while now,” said Ananth Srinivasan, a mobility expert with research consultancy Frost & Sullivan.
Srinivasan added that businesses in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain had the potential to convert significant chunks of their fleets to electric vehicles in the coming years.
Ford Reveal Details On New Plug-In Hybrid Transit Van